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Plant a Garden + Plant a Dream

Edgewater Farm is our saving grace from the cacophony and stress that comes with high-pressure careers in New York City. We work all week so we can race to the country and stick our hands in the dirt. We’ll spend this weekend planting more than 250 vegetables. Yep, that’s digging 250 holes! (And that’s […]

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Spring has sprung. Get Hopping.

Spring wakes me up, gets me going, and tells me, “Anything is possible.” Every delicate sprout pushing its way upwards through the heavy weight of the ground above is proof that, with determination, we can all blossom. This is the month to plant seeds for summer fun. What’s the thing that makes you feel […]

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Life 101 – Spring to Life

Spring is a time of rebirth and new life, so let me share one of Mother Teresa’s quotes about life: Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is a beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a […]

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It’s Fall Y’all!

I’ve heard it said that fall is like a second spring in which each leaf is a flower. As a child, my grandparents would take me to the Blue Ridge Mountains to catch a peek at nature’s calico quilt. It’s a memory that brings me joy and makes me wistful for childhood innocence. Don’t […]

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Garden Tour at Edgewater Farm

From the 1930s until 1963, Edgewater Farm was a Catskills bungalow colony where families came to spend the summer in 30 cozy cottages nestled along the Esopus Creek. Today, it’s home to dinner parties, charity events, and lots of fun. The farm has been featured in my books Garage Sale America and Merry Christmas […]

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Here’s to the Holidays!

Now’s our chance to throw some sparkle around, have some fun, and show the people you care about that you love them. I wish you and yours the happiest of hohohos, the merriest of moments, and the excitement of a New Year. Grab a copy of my book Merry Christmas America. In it, I […]

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Gardening — Secret to Happy Living

Audrey Hepburn once said, “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” I couldn’t agree more. One of the things that got me through the hard winter was knowing the tulips I’d planted were working below ground to spring forth. One of my secrets to creating a fabulously happy life is to put […]

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Happy Easter EGGstravaganza

It’s Easter and it’s time to think outside the basket! I had a great time with the gorgeous Rebecca Budig on The Better Show finding clever ways to hop into Easter. Watch here. We show you some unusual ways to decorate eggs (including my shaving cream dye), fun ways to create theme baskets, […]

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter! And Happy Passover! I’m going simple this year with my Easter eggs and putting the same color in vintage berry baskets (a garage sale find!) Are you having a hunt? Check out some simple (and cheap!) ideas from a vintage CBS appearance here. Now, some Easter humor: Q. What do you […]

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